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What Is the Difference Between Vitamin B1 & B12

August 30, 2022

What Is the Difference Between Vitamin B1 & B12

Everyone knows that getting enough vitamins is important to support your health. But do you know which vitamins are most important – and what the differences are between them? Also, while you might be used to taking vitamins in supplement form, taking vitamins intravenously is one of the most effective ways to nourish your body quickly and safely. 

This article offers a brief overview of two of the most essential vitamins – Vitamin B1 and B12- and the difference between them. 

The Importance of Vitamins

The importance of vitamins cannot be understated. Without vitamins, our bodies wouldn’t function properly – they help support our bodies as they perform hundreds of critical roles like cell production and maintenance, immune system support, healing our bodies from injuries, and cognitive support. 

In short: our body can’t do much without the support of vitamins. 

And yet, it can be challenging to keep all of the vitamins straight. Each vitamin plays an essential role in your body, and without those vitamins, your body isn’t able to perform vital functions. 

Not enough vitamin C? Scurvy isn’t just an issue of the past – it can be caused by not getting any fresh fruits or vegetables in your diet.

But what about the B vitamins? Several vitamins in the B family help support critical functions in your system, most of which contribute to cell production, formation, and growth and help keep nutrients flowing throughout your body normally. 

While deficiencies in B-vitamins aren’t necessarily life-threatening, they can cause complications that can lead to serious issues. 

What Are B Vitamins?

Let’s start with the basics: understanding what B vitamins are. There are 8 B vitamins, though Vitamin B6 and B12 are the most popularly discussed. Vitamins in the B family do a whole range of essential tasks in your body, from releasing energy in fats and carbohydrates to breaking down amino acids.

The essential job of B vitamins is transporting energy and oxygen throughout your body, helping nutrients circulate throughout your system. 

The important thing to remember about B vitamins is that they’re not naturally occurring in the body, so you need to consume them as part of your diet. Not only that, but since your body can’t store B vitamins for a long time, they should be consumed regularly through food, supplements, or intravenous support.

What Is Vitamin B1?

Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamin, plays a critical role in helping your cells grow and function. Just like all the vitamins in the B family, your body doesn’t naturally produce it (and can’t store it for a long amount of time), and so it needs to be regularly consumed. You can find vitamin B1 in foods like pork, beans, fortified or enriched grains, and certain fish.

Potential Risks of B Vitamin Deficiencies 

A number of issues can arise if you don’t get enough Vitamin B1 in your diet. Congestive heart failure is the first major issue that can occur if you have a Thiamin deficiency. 

Congestive heart failure is an issue wherein the blood is unable to pump blood throughout the rest of your body properly. Generally, congestive heart failure is found in people who are elderly or who have poor nutritional intake and aren’t getting enough Thiamin in their diet. 

Thiamin deficiency has also been linked to cognitive issues. Without proper Thiamin intake, the brain can experience unnecessary oxidative stress or cause nerve cells to die. 

The Beautify IV Vitamin Hydration Therapy includes Thiamin, which works alongside all the other B vitamins and nutrients in this hydration therapy to help support your overall health. This treatment will have you feeling refreshed, replenished, and restored in minutes. 

How is Vitamin B12 Different from B1?

Vitamin B12 is a bit different from Vitamin B1, though it is in the same B vitamin family. Vitamin B12, known as cobalamin, is essential in red blood cell production and metabolism. Additionally, B12 supports the production of DNA and nerve functioning. 

Like Vitamin B1, B12 is predominantly found in poultry, fish, and fortified foods. It can also be taken as a supplement or delivered intravenously. While deficiencies in Vitamin B12 are less likely than a B1 deficiency, people who adhere to vegan or vegetarian diets can exhibit deficits because plants don’t naturally contain B12. 

Why Take Vitamins Intravenously?

While vitamins are most often delivered in supplement form, the most important thing to remember with vitamins is that they should be incorporated into your diet through food first. Try to naturally include foods high in B vitamins before reaching for a supplement. 

However, sometimes life gets in the way, and you need an extra boost. If you’re looking for a high-impact way to bring the necessary vitamins into your life to support your overall health and wellness, consider intravenous methods of intaking vitamins. 

At The I.V. Doc, we offer a team of medical professionals ready to provide you with intravenous therapies ranging from overall health and wellness support to hangover treatments, jet lag support, and flu therapy. 

All of our IV therapies are delivered by a team of medical professionals in a private and professional manner because we believe in high-quality care that is as effective as it is discrete. 

Intramuscular Injections 

At The I.V. Doc, we also offer intramuscular injections. These differ from intravenous therapies in that they are administered to muscles for surrounding blood vessels to absorb the nutrients. 

One of our most popular intramuscular therapies is our Super Vitamin B therapy. This shot of Vitamin B can be administered in the care of your own home, office, or hotel and restores Vitamin B12 in your system. 

The Bottom Line 

Vitamin B1 and B12 are essential for your cell functioning and are critical for circulating energy and oxygen throughout your system. If you’re looking to boost your system, take a more targeted approach to get enough vitamins and nutrients and prioritize getting B vitamins into your system. 

As with all nutrients, you want to ensure you’re consuming vitamins and nutrients through whole-food sources first. Prioritize getting VItamin B1 and B12 from fresh fish, poultry, beans, and other sources rich in B vitamins. 

Consider high-impact vitamin support through our intravenous therapy options, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and balanced lifestyle of exercise and nutrition. Caring for your body will help you be as high-functioning as possible and is an investment in your health and wellness long-term. 



B Vitamins | The Nutrition Source | Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Thiamin (Vitamin B1) | The Nutrition Source | Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Vitamin B-12 | Mayo Clinic


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